Hello and welcome to the fabulous new Two Ducks blog!
We’re so excited to be able to share more behind-the-scenes action here at Two Ducks, so what could be better than kicking off with a proper introduction to the team?
You may recognise some of our faces from Facebook and Instagram or perhaps we’ve already met in the shop, but here’s a little more about us. Pop by and say hello sometime – we’d love to show you our favourite products and have a natter! You might even spot Amber snacking on her secret crisps stash, or Lucy grabbing a quick zen moment among the scented candles…
Meet Claire (@clairetwoducks)
Hi, I’m Claire Leigh… I’m the owner of Two Ducks and so have been here since the very beginning!
The best thing about Two Ducks is… I love the close relationship we have with our customers and how we really do feel like part of their lives. I also love the continuous journey of finding exciting new products and clothes from all around the world.
My favourite brand… I’ve got a bit of a thing for Danish brands at the moment, like our sparkly socks from Becksöndergaard and stylish tights from Dear Denier, but I’m also loving British jewellery brand Wolf & Moon which is new this season!
This season I can’t wait for… When all of the products have arrived, we have our Christmas tree and decorations up and the fabulous Christmas window is installed. I’m also excited for our staff Christmas party and my boot camp Christmas party – that’s always a laugh!
A little more about me… I live with my hubby Nige and our kids Ellyn (9) and Henry (6), but no pets (I couldn’t handle anything additional to look after 😉). I also have a secret desire to open a guest house – well, not so secret anymore!
One last thing… I once featured in a film that was screened at Cannes Film Festival! 😊
Meet Amber (@amberferrari1)
Hi, I’m Amber Ferrar… I’ve worked at Two Ducks since July and am the Deputy Manager.
The best thing about Two Ducks is… The fabulous customers, who are always so friendly and keen to chat – about the brands or just life in general! Our events are also such fun. They give us team bonding time as well as a chance to see customers sharing in our philosophy – which is great!
My favourite brand… There are so many gorgeous brands that it’s difficult to choose just one, or two, or three favourites! For clothing, EseOEse, indi & cold and Part Two all have such different styles but I could wear them any day of the week. For homeware, I’m obsessed with Broste Copenhagen.
This season I can’t wait for… The Christmas shopping and styling events we have coming up. It’s my favourite time of year so to spend it with others as excited as me whilst at work? What more can I ask for?! I’m also very excited for early December when my family and I are going on a 3-night French Christmas Market cruise! I’ll bring back some wine for the Two Ducks ladies of course! 😃
A little more about me… I live in Woking with my other half Dan and our beautiful cat Marlee. My hobbies include baking, painting, editing my travel videos and anything creative really! I’m also currently enrolled at The Interior Design Institute.
One last thing… I always have a sneaky pack of crisps hidden somewhere at the shop in case I get peckish!
Meet Lucy (@mrsomf_stylist)
Hi, I’m Lucy French… I’ve been at Two Ducks since the beginning of September. I work every Tuesday plus some Sundays too and absolutely love it!
The best thing about Two Ducks is… Getting paid to talk to people, style them and be a bit of a personal shopper! I also love the little slice of calm Claire has created and feel quite zen when I’m there…
My favourite brand… Where do I start?! I love it all! I adore the fashion and my favourite piece is a gorgeous sparkly Just Female black skirt which I’ll wear this party season. I also love the unique children’s gifts we stock; they are perfect for all occasions and offer something less mainstream.
This season I can’t wait for… The Surrey Fashion Show in November – partly because I organise it, but also because it’s a chance for Two Ducks to showcase its collections. At home Christmas is all about family time so I’m looking forward to switching off from technology. And of course, the Strictly final! 💃
A little more about me… I’m married to Dave (‘OMF’ or ‘Old Man French’!) and we have two girls, Rosie (7) and Katie (4). I like to keep fit so regularly work out, and this year I ran The London Marathon. I’m also co-chair of the Horsell Schools’ PTA so can often be seen dashing from one place to the next!
One last thing… Not many people know I have published work in a scientific journal!
Meet Natalie (@missknitnat)
Hi, I’m Natalie Collyer… I’ve just started working alternate Saturdays and Sundays. I’m very excited about joining as I have been a Two Ducks fan for a while now and have loved seeing it grow.
The best thing about Two Ducks is… I love the variety of products and how by stocking and supporting lots of smaller brands Claire introduces customers to new brands too. The team and customers are lovely and I feel like it’s very much a local hub.
My favourite brand… I would probably have to say Astrid & Miyu as I’m a huge fan of their ear cuffs, but I also love Shoe the Bear, Part Two and indi & cold.
This season I can’t wait for… I’m so excited to be joining the team right before Christmas and am really looking forward to the festive buzz and helping customers with their gifting and outfit planning. I really love the few weeks before Christmas; seeing all the twinkly lights turn on and catching up with friends and family.
A little more about me… I live with my husband Mick and work full-time in digital communications. I also run my own knitwear brand, Miss Knit Nat, creating luxury knitted accessories. Hobbies-wise I love yoga, running and going to the gym.
One last thing… I’m a huge fan of ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Home & Away’ – I record them every day!